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Criminal Justice and the Pursuit of Truth

Tim Hillier and Gavin Dingwall


Criminal Justice is popularly conceptualised as a pursuit of the truth. This book considers the extent to which this view reflects reality by exploring a number of key themes. The ‘pursuit of truth’ suggests an obtainable, single truth and the book considers the extent to which truth is a far more complex, nuanced phenomenon. Often the criminal process appears to be more about constructing a narrative and telling a convincing story. The book explores the extent to which a pursuit of truth can conflict with other values such as justice and the protection of human rights, with particular focus o ... More

Keywords: Truth, Lies, Memory, Criminal Process, Evidence, Credibility, Testimony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781529203189
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529203189.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Hillier, author
De Montfort University

Gavin Dingwall, author
De Montfort University